Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play

It is the 1880s, and Dr. and Mrs. Catherine Givings live in a beautiful, seemingly sensible Victorian home, where Dr. Givings also runs his private medical practice. Electricity is still a novelty, and as the intelligent and free-spirited Mrs. Givings cares for her new child under the bright glow... read more

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley all found themselves at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, and proceeded to record a legendary jam album. A Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet recounts that single night with the meaningful and hum... read more

The Miracle Worker

Helen is a bright, strong, energetic child -- but left both blind and deaf in the wake of an illness as a baby, she is also a feral, frustrated mystery to her exhausted family. Her heartbroken mother Kate is Helen’s best protector, while her half-brother James wants to send Helen to an institutio... read more

Fiorello!

Fiorello is a musical about the rise to power of New York's Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia . Beating all odds, La Guardia breaks the crooked Tammany Hall political machine and fights against vice and corruption. Meanwhile, he falls in love with his loyal secretary, Maria, and they eventually marry. read more

The Scottsboro Boys

In 1931, nine African-American teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged with the rape of two white women, while traveling through Alabama. With no evidence and no proof, these nine young men were convicted and sentenced to death. Based on this infamous case of... read more

The Lion in Winter

Betrayal, treachery, and a knife fight: it’s just another normal Christmas celebration for the royal Plantagenet family of Britain. In The Lion in Winter, King Henry II throws a Christmas feast for the newly crowned King of France. Also in attendance for the holiday celebrations are Henry’s thre... read more

Passing Strange

A heartfelt, one-of-a-kind musical event, Passing Strange takes audiences on a journey from Los Angeles, to Amsterdam, to Berlin, and beyond. Rock musician Stew makes a powerful debut as playwright and narrator, telling the story of a nameless Youth who is on a quest to find “the real.” On the wa... read more

Argonautika

Argonautika is a theatrical retelling of ancient myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Jason goes on a quest to capture the Golden Fleece. On his journey, his crew encounters monsters, goddesses, nymphs and more amazing sights. Mary Zimmerman based her story on a third century B.C. Greek epic poem re... read more

The Audience

The Audience takes place between 1952 and the present day. It focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s private weekly meetings between her and each of her Prime Minister’s throughout her reign. These meetings have never been recorded and their content is unknown. In this innovative, modern play, Peter Mor... read more

Equivocation

In 1605, Robert Cecil, prime minister to King James I of England, commissions William Shagspeare to write a play about the recent Gunpowder Plot -- an attempt to blow up the king and his court. The king simply requests that "Shag" add some flattering dialogue -- and witches -- to the plot. Dur... read more